Thursday, May 2, 2013

Burp Cloth Tutorial

Hi everyone!

So... for my birthday last month I got a sewing machine from my lovely friend Jen. :) She knew that sewing has always been something I wanted to learn, and so the second I had a chance to open it up I got to it, and I'm definitely a beginner.  I literally had to read the 5 minute start guide, and watch like 12 different tutorials just to figure out how to thread the thing.  The Suzy Homemaker stuff does NOT come naturally to me... and for those who know me well, the title of my blog "Domestic Diva" is actually being quite sarcastic towards myself, because I am far from it. My theory though is "fake it till you make it"... and if you have the desire and determination to master something, you can do whatever you want.  Being a crafty homemaker is definitely something I aspire to be, and so for the past few years I have dedicated so much time into learning how to do different DIY projects, crafts, improve my cooking skills, organization, and now.... sewing.  And let me just say - I LOVE IT!!!

One of the first projects I did was sew a baby blanket.  It was challenging and turned out far from perfect, but my little man LOVES to cuddle with it! Plus, it gave me some experience and practice that I needed, so mission accomplished.  Here is Cole cuddling with it:

 I made another baby blanket right after that for my son Brody we are expecting in July.  Again, not perfect, but it turned out better than the first one so I know I'm making improvement:

Okay so now for the burp cloth tutorial! 

The third project I tackled was making these super easy and cute burp cloths.  Not only will I be needing plenty of them for my newborn in a few months, but I have a lot of friends who have recently had babies and I wanted to make some as gifts.  There's nothing better than a homemade gift from the heart right? So, I browsed Pinterest for tutorials and read probably a dozen of them before I figured out what I wanted to do. I took bits and pieces from many different tutorials and did my own thing.

WARNING:  This is by NO means a professional sewing project or tutorial.  I am a BEGINNER, and this tutorial is for beginners who want an easy project to do as well.  

Supplies needed:

1.  Sewing machine.
2.  Scissors/measuring tape or rotary cutter/board.
3.  Pins/thread.
4.  Fabric pen (if you're like me and use a tape measure and scissors).
5.  A yard and a half of white Terry Cloth. (I think regularly Terry Cloth is $9.99 a yard, but mine was on sale).
6.  11" of 6 different fabrics of your choice... I used the baby soft fleece fabrics that were on sale for $2.99 a yard.  I did 3 girl prints and 3 boy prints.  This should get you 11-12  burp cloths or so... I planned on 12 but ended up with 11 because I ran out of terry cloth from measuring wrong... so these are approximate amounts.


1.  Take your first piece of fabric, and measure length wise 17 1/2".  The width they cut the fabric to was just fine for me so I didn't bother cutting anymore.  You can cut to whatever size you would like your burp rags to be. Make a mark with your fabric pen.

Fold over the fabric (to use the edge as a guide to cut a straight line), and cut.

Lay your fabric piece over a corner of the terry cloth as a template and a piece to match.

Place your fabric right sides together (which means the pretty sides of each fabric facing inward), and pin around your edges to hold fabric in place... I am not a crazy pinner, so I just do a pin every 6" or so.  BUT, you do need to leave a 2 1/2" opening so put a pin in there sideways to remind you as shown below.

Start sewing your inside stitch, about 1/4" in from the edge or so.  I like to start at the end of where the little pocket is going to be, go all the way around, and stop where the pocket is going to start.

Once you get all the way around your burp cloth, clip the corners off.  But BE CAREFUL you don't snip a stitch! How frustrating would that be? Once you have clipped your corners, turn your cloth inside out.  Once you do, make sure the edges at the open pocket are folded in.  Then, start sewing your top stitch about 1/4" in from the edge again. (It needs to be close enough to the edge so that you sew that pocket shut!) I start at the top corner of the side that has the pocket and get that stitched up first, and then try to match the distance in of the top stitch the rest of the way around.  If that makes any sense.

Once you go all the way around, you're done! You have a beautiful burp cloth. :) If you're a newbie at this like me, you may have some edges that aren't perfectly straight, and that's okay. It's a burp rag, it's getting covered in puke, slobber, and whatever else. I don't think the mommy or the baby are going to care if it's a tad bit crooked in certain places.

Like I said before, I planned on making 12 of these, but I mis-measured somewhere and ended up running out of terry cloth after I sewed 11 of them.  No biggie, next time I may just get 2 full yards of terry cloth to be on the safe side.

You can wrap them in any cute way you want to give to someone special... you could even make a cute tie to go around them if you have any left over fabric!  Such an easy/fun/quick project to do - oh and the best part, it only cost me $29 for all of the fabric.  That is without a coupon!

I hope you enjoyed, and please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or I forgot to cover something. :)

Stay tuned for more sewing projects, recipes, DIY projects, and my boy Brody's nursery that is currently "under construction"! Here is a sneak peak:

Totally different look than Cole's original nursery, and his big boy room!  I love variety.

Thanks for reading,

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